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International stone specialist chills out and cuts costs - with help from 007

International stone specialist chills out and cuts costs - with help from 007

Thursday 2nd April 2015

Knaresborough-based Lapicida, established in 1984 and now recognised as the world's leading international stone specialist, has recently installed two Parker Hiross Hyperchill industrial process chillers from Thorite to provide precision cooling during stone cutting and shaping. Each of the two Hyperchill machines, both model number 007, have an air flow of 4400 m³/h and recirculate chilled water from tanks to cool the vacuum system which "sticks" stone to a bed prior to being worked on. This process previously would generate temperatures above boiling point and use a constant flow of fresh water, but the new system ensures greater accuracy and is estimated to be saving around £3000 per month in water usage costs.

Thorite worked closely with Lapicida in developing the new system, which now enables marble, granite, limestone, sandstone and other materials from around the world to be efficiently cut into floor and wall tiles or shaped into statuary, baths, basins and countless other beautiful objects using unique CNC shaping technology, before each piece is finished by hand.

Lapicida's Production Manager, Milo Cherrington, is impressed with the performance of the Hyperchills and said: "The two machines recommended and supplied by Thorite are performing perfectly and have contributed significantly to both increasing our production efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint. This fits well with Lapicida's core values of having total respect for the planet and underpin our responsibilities which run right through our business. This includes forging strong relationships with equally respectful international stone suppliers and being incredibly particular in where our stone is sourced. Environmentally Lapicida aspires to be carbon neutral and self-sufficient energy wise, and the Hyperchills fit well with these aims."

Lapicida has showrooms in Harrogate, London, New York, Oslo and Mallorca and can be contacted on 01423 400100 or at has total respect for the planet and our Core Values our responsibilities. These run energy-wise.

Full details and advice on the complete range of Parker Hiross Hyperchill industrial process chillers is available from Thorite's website or by contacting the Thorite Technical Department on freephone 0800 0345850. Their team of fully trained application engineers is always available to provide in-depth support. The units can be ordered from any of the company’s ten regional Sales & Service Centres in Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Doncaster, Huddersfield, Leeds, Rochdale, Sheffield, North Shields and Brierley Hill in the West Midlands.

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